Originally written on hov-mma  |  Last updated 11/5/12

The World Series of Fighting is finally here. And if they keep putting on events that end up looking like the one they put on this past Saturday night in Vegas - they may just be here to stay. President Ray Sefo and CEO Sig Rogich's couldn't have scripted their debut event any better. While we did see plenty of worthy violence over in Rama, Ontario and The Texas Station Gambling Hall in Las Vegas earlier in the weekend, this edition of 'The Weekend in Violence' is a Saturday night, Planet Hollywood  exclusive.

The powerful behavior of 'Rumble' Johnson, 'Pitbull' Arlovski, and Tyrone Spong inside of the WSOF cage not only brought intense excitement to the NBC Sports Network last night, it also helped put a budding MMA promotion on the fast track after just a couple hours plus of air time.

1. Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson More eye poke drama for Anthony Johnson? Say it ain't so! Only this time, it didn't end in his opponents favor. After it was clear that referee Herb Dean didn't catch the poke, D.J. Linderman looked to take full advantage of the situation. After all a win over Anthony Johnson, no matter how you slice it would be quite the career booster. No time to worry about unwritten rules or common courtesy at times like these right?

With just over two minutes remaining in the 1st Round of a fight that appeared to be in Johnson's hands, a  Linderman upset seemed to be in the making. Instead of using a calculated attack following the unintentional poke, Linderman rushed in on what he thought was a blinded Johnson only to eat a right hook for his efforts. The result saw Linderman eat the mat face first. Johnson not only added another clip to his already lengthy highlight reel, he also remains the face of this budding promotion after the most interesting sequence of the night. That's four wins in a row for Johnson now since being cut from the UFC.

2. Tyrone Spong K-1 vet Tyrone Spong finally made his MMA debut this past weekend after over a decade on the kickboxing circuit. His finish of Travis Bartlett was the smoothest thing I've seen in MMA since Mark Hunt's walk off KO of Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 127.  Spong lit his opponent up for a good three minutes then dropped him with a wicked right straight on, gifting Bartlett with a one way ticket to the land of dreams, for a limited time only. So, who's lining up to fight this guy? No one. 

3. Andrei Arlovski  The better half of the WSOF's inaugural main event didn't waste anytime showing why he's still a factor in the heavyweight division. While he may have dropped four straight to the creme de la creme of the Strikeforce/Affliction roster, Arlovski proved that if you put him in the cage with a mid-tier guy like Devin Cole, you can expect the worst.  Arlovski chalked up the 14th T(KO) finish of his career over Cole extending his unbeaten streak to four, looking very much like "The Pitbull" of old.

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